2017-12-28 / Editorial Page

Lazy husbands can see more clearly after the swelling goes down

Words of Encouragement
By ROGER ALFORD columnist

I’ve never forgotten the tale my pastor friend David ‘Milkweed’ Wotier told years ago about the three friends who married women from different parts of the world.

The first married an Asian woman. He told her that in American culture, it was her job to do the dishes and house cleaning.

It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.

The second man married an Australian woman. He told her that in American culture she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking.

The first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married an American woman. He told her that in American culture her job was to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal.

He said the first day he didn’t see anything; the second day he didn’t see anything either; but by the third day, the swelling had gone down enough that he could see a little out of his left eye, and, his arm had healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher.

Brother Milkweed, which is the name everyone knows him by in the town where he ministers, is a man of wit, and he must have a thousand such tales. But it would be hard to top that one. It makes an important point that ought to be heeded by men who are prone to laziness, especially in the home.

It’s not the woman’s job to do every little chore around the house. She shouldn’t be the only one who knows how to run the run the vacuum, load the washer, turn on the dryer, push the lawnmower, start the chainsaw, or sharpen the ax to chop a winter’s worth of firewood.

This goes without saying, dear friends, but wives are not slaves. The Bible says they are to be loved. In fact, it says: ‘Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church’ (Ephesians 5:25). You realize how Christ loved the church, right? He gave His very life for her on that cross all those years ago.

As we approach the start of 2018, I have a suggested New Year’s resolution for menfolk: Resolve to get off your overstuffed easy chair and do your part around the house.

And do it as soon as the swelling has gone down enough in your eyes that you can see and as soon as your arm has healed enough to run the vacuum cleaner.

Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.

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